Blood Culture and Sensitivity

Blood cultures are obtained to determine whether there is a presence of bacteria in the blood. This test is commonly done if an infection is suspected and also helps determine what type of treatment should be used to treat the infection.

PREPARATION FOR TEST

None

NORMAL FINDING

No Growth. There should be no bacteria growing in your blood.

Ranges for normal findings may vary among different laboratories and hospitals. You should always check with your doctor after having lab work or other tests done to discuss the meaning of your test results and whether your values are considered within normal limits.

MEANING OF TEST

Your caregiver will go over the test results with you and discuss the importance and meaning of your results, as well as treatment options and the need for additional tests if necessary.

OBTAINING THE TEST RESULTS

It is your responsibility to obtain your test results. Ask the lab or department performing the test when and how you will get your results.